I’m in love with La Vera Sibilla, so I can’t help feeling moved to write about my favorite Sibilla Cards. They are not necessarily the most favorable cards in the deck, but they’re always helpful and dependable, even when they’re surrounded by the heavy black suit, Picche— also known as Spades. One such card, the one I want to muse on today, is L’Amica.
L’Amica is the Female Friend, but she can also represent friendship in a general sense— similar to the Dog in Lenormand. L’Amica brings valuable aid, especially when she appears upside-down. She can be a safe harbor in a dark storm. She won’t make all of your problems disappear, but she will lend a sympathetic ear, provide support, and offer good advice to help you navigate the choppy waters. She is a symbol of harmony, tranquility and peace.
The Suit of Fiori (Clubs) is the most fortunate suit in the Sibilla deck, and L’Amica is a Club— the 4 of Clubs. So this card has a bit of positive weight behind it. The exception is when she represents an actual person in a reading. Then L’Amica would be considered neutral because her influence will depend on surrounding cards.
As a person Card, L’Amica represents a female ally, traditionally a dark-haired woman. But in a reading she can represent any female who is amicably disposed toward you. She may be your sister, daughter, aunt, sister-in-law, female cousin, friendly acquaintance, etc. But she will never represent the female querent herself. She is usually someone you know, and not a complete stranger. Her attitude toward you, and her influence in your life will depend on the surrounding cards. With Spades, she could be a false friend or a jealous relative. But with happy cards, she is a loyal, supportive, helpful and dependable friend.
The 4 of Clubs can also denote a comfortable place. This idea is represented by the card image as an affable lady offering a chair in her comfortable home. So L’Amica can describe the home of a friend— a safe place of refuge and support. This card can also represent your place of work where you are known and respected. Any society or organization of people with the common goal of providing you service may be represented by this card. She can represent a social club, where you find rest and recreation. Or she may symbolize a corporate entity where you have business interests. The combination of L’Amica and Allegria traditionally represents a party at the home of a friend, but this combination will often denote a restaurant or bar in my cards. L’Amica is a friendly place, and Allegria is food and drink.
In a health reading, L’Amica can represent medical advice or a health recommendation. The following cards will usually show the outcome of following the prescribed treatment. This card can also represent a helpful medical professional. I regularly see a Nurse Practitioner, and she appears in my cards as L’Amica.
When reversed, L’Amica retains her positive influence. The help she provides is often more tangible when she appears in a reading upside-down. The assistance may be financial in nature. She may provide an invaluable recommendation, or just solid and useful advice. She represents someone who can put in a good word for you.
The reading that inspired today’s musings was done for a middle-aged woman who was laid off from her job. The layoff was possibly temporary as the company promised that they would be able to bring some of the laid off workers back on board. The lady wanted to know if her position would be reinstated. I drew a Sibilla Line of Five to answer a direct question.
The line opens with the Clergyman (Sacerdote). He represents someone or something official. The pivot card at the center is the Comforting Surprise (Consolante Sorpresa) which indicates an unexpected turn of events for the better. The line ends with the Meeting (La Riunione). This is the card of returns and reconciliations. There isn’t a better card that could end the row for a positive response to the question. Without even looking at the other two cards in the line, I feel confident in predicting the querent’s return to work.
But let’s take a look at the other cards for confirmation and further clarification…
The Clergyman is followed by the card Consumed by Jealousy (Disperato per Gelosia). This combination suggests some kind of legal crisis that the company is facing— perhaps tax issues since Consolate Sorpresa hints of a financial matter. This could be the reason behind the layoffs.
If L’Amica had fallen upright my first impression would have been to read her as representing the company itself. This is still a valid interpretation since many Sibilla cards share the distinction of bearing the same meanings when upright or reversed. But the reversed cards will also carry their own distinct meanings. In this case, the reversed meaning that jumped out at me for the reversed L’Amica was “a recommendation.” I got the sense that a friend at work would put in a good word for the querent, and this would lead to her being called back to work (Riunione).
That is precisely what happened. The querent’s immediate supervisor was asked to recommend several employees for rehire. The querent was called back to work three weeks after the reading.
I love to see L’Amica in a reading because regardless of how challenging the situation may be, there is someone in your corner to offer guidance and help. But then again, a friend may not always be what she or he appears to be. This is also important to discover. The cards to watch for with L’Amica that can make her less than helpful include Falsità and Disperato per Gelosia. With Falsità she can two-faced, and not to be trusted. With Gelosia she can be envious or jealous and possessive. The card falling next to L’Amica will describe her influence in your life.
I enjoy these musings because they help me to consolidate my own knowledge, and to share my experiences reading the Sibilla cards. These cards can seem intimidating. I write about how the cards work for me, and hope my words will inspire new readers of Sibilla to experiment in order to discover how the cards speak to you.